Meet Our Attorneys
Harry Braunstein, a partner in the firm, was admitted to the New York and Federal bar in 1975. He practiced with the Wall Street law firm Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. for over twenty years, ultimately becoming head of its real estate group before leaving and establishing his own firm. Mr. Braunstein currently has an active commercial law practice, which specializes in transactional real estate, commercial lending, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and franchise law.
For over 35 years Mr. Braunstein has gained experience not only as an attorney but as a business and real estate principal. This varied experience serves every client of the firm in a practical and comprehensive way. For many years, Mr. Braunstein has represented several commercial and savings banks in the New York metropolitan area. He also has served on the board of directors and loan committee for one of his bank clients for over 20 years ultimately becoming Chairman of the Board. He is expertly versed in loan underwriting issues and has a thorough understanding of commercial loans and the market fundamentals that drive asset valuation and commercial lending.
Over the years, Mr. Braunstein has also represented owners of retail and commercial real estate in the Tri-State area in complex acquisitions, re-financings, leasing, and sales. He and members of the firm act as Counsel on numerous matters in the United States for a London based owner of US Commercial real estate assets valued well in excess of $1 Billion. In addition, Mr. Braunstein also acts as general counsel to a multi-unit franchise group that owns, among other things, numerous Burger King franchised restaurants in the New York metropolitan area. His franchise experience includes review and negotiation of franchise documents, long-term subordinated and unsubordinated ground leases, and numerous leasehold financing issues.
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William Turkish, a partner of the firm, specializes in New York State and Federal commercial litigation. Mr. Turkish acts as outside general counsel for numerous companies and the representation of individuals in a wide range of business, construction and real estate transactions. He has over 34 years of experience in all aspects of civil litigation from pre-trial proceedings through trial and appeals, mediations and arbitration.
His area of the practice concentrates on construction law and litigation, mechanic’s liens, commercial transactions, corporate matters of all types, real estate, and contract matters, commercial tax lien foreclosures as well as financing of commercial and residential development. Mr. Turkish’s clients include small and medium-size corporations, partnerships and LLC’s, property owners, construction companies and real estate developers.
Representative matters include:
- Represented Owner/Developer in contract dispute with the General Contractor (GC) of newly constructed 63-story multi-use building on Fulton Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. $175+ million Project was in early stages of development when shut down by the Department of Buildings over, amongst other things, improper installation of support piles that caused damage to adjacent buildings and the improper supervision of subcontractor’s work by General Contractor. Advised client on pros and cons of termination of General Contractor. Counseled our client on the cost-effectiveness of attempting to mediate the dispute with the GC rather than time-consuming litigation or arbitration. During back to back 14-hour days of Mediation, the parties reached a settlement of the dispute that provided for the voluntary withdrawal of the General Contractor and its primary subcontractor, in lieu of termination for cause, and a smooth transition to a new General Contractor and subcontractors.
- Represented the Owner/Developer of a 17-story mixed-use new construction project in the Lower East Side of Manhattan during a 10-day bench trial in Supreme Court, New York County. Following the termination of the General Contractor for cause arising out of negligence construction, damage to adjacent structures and breach of the $36 million construction contract, the GC filed a Mechanic’s Lien for $3.4 million and commence an action for breach of contract and foreclosure of the Mechanic’s Lien. Our client counterclaimed for Breach of Contract and discharge of the lien. Following four years of discovery, motion practice and trial, our client was successful and obtained a Judgment dismissing the GC’s complaint in its entirety and won an award of over $2,000,000 on its counterclaims for breach of contract.
- Following extensive discovery and motion practice but prior to the commencement of a jury trial in Supreme Court, Nassau County, settled dispute between partners in an LLC over the rights to the development of a dialysis center in Queens, New York. Issues included contract interpretation, allegations of fraud, Department of Health Licensing, construction, conflict of interest and breach of fiduciary duties.
- Represented Owner of a 34-story building in Times Square in the pre-litigation resolution of a claim under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (“VARA”) for up to $150,000 in damages by the artist of a 30-foot ceiling mural which was demolished during the renovation of the lobby. Rather than litigating the complexities and applicability of VARA to the situation in Federal Court at great cost to the client, the parties, through counsel, engaged in good faith settlement negotiations that resulted in a minimal payment to the artist.
- Pro Bono Representation of Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans
- As part of the NYS Bar Association Veterans Referral Panel Program we represented and consulted with active duty servicemen to resolve and litigate, when necessary, minor commercial disputes.
- Representing property owner/developer in a dispute with adjacent property owner over the illegal construction of a 7-story building that encroaches by as much as one foot over the property line preventing our client from commencing construction. After attempts at settlement failed, adjacent property owner trespassed onto clients’ property and began demolishing parts of its building without plans or approvals from DOB and without entering into Building Code required Access and License Agreement. Recently filed an Order to Show Cause and was granted a TRO prohibiting adjacent property owner from proceeding with demolition and compelling the executing of a negotiated Access Agreement. Action pending in Supreme Court-Queens County.
- Representing luxury condominium owner in Supreme Court-New York County for claims against General Contractor for breach of $2.5 Million contract for gut renovation project and negligent construction arising out of a series of major water leaks from defective pipes installed during construction that caused over $2 Million in property damage to 15+ units owners and commercial tenants in upper east side building. Ten separate lawsuits involving claims, cross-claims and counter-claims between client, Condominium, General Contractor, Subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and respective insurance companies on subrogation claims have been consolidated for trial.
Mr. Turkish is admitted to practice law before the Courts of the State of New York, the United States District Court in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1983 and his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University in 1980.
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Vincent Georgetti is a partner of the firm. He specializes in the areas of commercial real estate, including all aspects of
real estate finance, acquisition and related litigation for institutional lenders, borrowers, purchasers, sellers,
landlords and tenants.
Mr. Georgetti represents numerous banking clients in connection with commercial and corporate lending and has
developed a true expertise in commercial real estate lending, including construction lending.
Mr. Georgetti’s representative matters include:
- Represented a private real estate investment company in its $145MM acquisition from a Fortune 500 company of a Class A office tower located in Tysons Corner, VA.
- Represented a private real estate investment company in refinances totaling $250MM for four office towers located in Reston, VA.
- Represented a private lending group in connection with mortgage loans totaling $50MM on various New York City commercial properties.
- Represented an institutional lender in connection with a $24MM bridge loan secured by a mortgage against a LIC hotel and affiliated business.
Michael Braunstein joined the firm in 2009 after spending five years at New York City real estate development firm Douglaston Development. During his tenure at Douglaston, Michael was actively involved in all aspects of the development process on various deals including the large-scale mixed-use condo project known as The Edge on the Williamsburg waterfront.
Since becoming a member of Braunstein Turkish, Michael has handled a wide variety of real estate and other matters including joint ventures, acquisitions, private placements and financings in transactions totaling well over one billion dollars. In addition to his real estate practice, Michael has represented clients in connection with the acquisition and sale privately owned businesses, business lines of credit, fundraising and corporate joint ventures. Michael became a Partner in 2015.
Representative transactions include:
- Represented a developer in connection with the acquisition, equity financing, debt financing and construction of a 150,000 square foot self-storage facility in Queens;
- Represented a substantial investor in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement in connection with a large-scale complex development project in lower Manhattan;
- Represented a landlord in the long-term leasing of one of the preeminent digital billboards in Times Square;
- Represented numerous owners in connection with the acquisition and redevelopment of underutilized and vacant property on Long Island including handling triple net leases with national credit tenants such a 7-Eleven, Family Dollar and others;
- Represented owners in office space leasing transactions representing over 100,000 rentable square feet;
- Represented a stock holder the sale of all of the stock of a privately owned national munitions company to a foreign buyer, which involved, among numerous other complex issues, compliance with CFIUS regulations
Danya Mor practices in all areas of commercial real estate transactions and financing, including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, development, management and commercial lending. Ms. Mor has vast experience in these areas, as well as commercial leasing and real estate development.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mor practiced real estate law in Israel where she represented major developers in various real estate matters, including Africa Israel Investments Ltd., one of Israel`s largest and most dynamic real estate groups, engaged in land development, construction, trade, tourism, and international hotel management.
Some of Ms. Mor’s notable transactions include:
- Representing a borrower in a $50,000,000.00 refinance of an office and retail building in Times Square, New York City;
- Representing a borrower in a $145,000,000.00 refinance of an office building in Reston, Virginia;
- Representing a lender in a $21MM refinance of a commercial and residential building in New York City; and
- representing a purchaser in a $4,000,000.00 purchase of commercial property in New York City.
Ms. Mor received her LL.B. from The College of Management in Israel and earned her LL.M. at Benjamin N. Cardozo, School of Law. She is fluent in Hebrew and admitted to practice in New York and Israel.
Yuri Burshteyn, Esq.
Mr. Burshteyn practices all aspects of real property law and institutional lending. His expertise encompasses real estate transactional law throughout the United States, secured and unsecured lending, cooperative and condominium law and leasing transactions. He has represented national commercial lenders, well known real estate families, foreign and institutional investors in the various acquisition, sale and financing transactions.
Some recent, more interesting transactions that Mr. Burshteyn has handled include the financing and purchase of a 90,000 square foot office and retail building in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana, the sale of a Manhattan luxury condominium to a New York professional athlete and the acquisition of an 80,000 square foot shopping center in Ohio.
Mr. Burshteyn was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 2002 has earned his Juris Doctor in 2001 from St. John’s University School of Law collecting notable achievements such as a member of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary, a member of the Dean’s List and a finalist in the St. John’s University School of Law Mock Trial Competition.